After struggling early in the season, Oswego appears to be putting it together just in time for the postseason.
The Panthers followed up Saturday’s dramatic win over Kaneland with a 10-0, five-inning gem Monday against Naperville North in nonconference play.
Oswego pounded out 12 hits and pitcher Cameron Paladines only allowed one hit, a drag bunt from Mike Laurenzo to lead off the second inning.
“The last few weeks we decided to come together, start playing well and come out and win,” Oswego third baseman Carter Turnquist said. “Our record doesn’t show it, but we’re getting momentum going into the playoffs.”
Oswego (9-16) broke the game open in the bottom of the second. The first five batters — Zack Sparkman, Turnquist, Jeff Pieroni, Jake Rock and No. 9 hitter Brad Whowell — all singled, leading to a four-run inning.
The Panthers then put the game away with a five-run bottom of the fifth to end the game. Konor Gengler and Mitch Wilson led off with singles to start the surge. Charlie Jakubowski singled in Rock to invoke the 10-run rule.
Turnquist, who hit a game-tying two-run home run Saturday against Kaneland, also singled and scored in the fourth.
“Early in the year, we had Jakubowski and Wilson (hitting),” Oswego coach Mark Johnson said. “Then all of a sudden, they started pressing. It’s nice to see everybody hitting now.”
Paladines (4-3) took care of the rest. He also won Saturday’s game in relief.
“Cameron pitched very, very well,” Turnquist said. “He’s been pitching great this year.”
Naperville North (10-14) has been struggling of late, dropping two of three to Glenbard East last week in DuPage Valley conference play before Monday’s struggles.
Naperville North coach Carl Hunckler was quick to praise Oswego.
“They spanked us,” Hunckler said. “They played the game the way it was supposed to be played. We got down again and we didn’t pitch very well either. It’s a credit to them. They did everything to win the game. We did nothing to help ourselves. They played better than (a 9-16 team).”